Following recent agitations by cross section of unpaid pensioners in Kebbi State, the chairman of Pension Committee, Alhaji Muhammadu Kwaido has revealed that the Abubakar Atiku Bagudu-led administration in the state inherited a backlog of N6.2billion pension and gratuity arrears from the immediate past administration of former Governor Usman Dakingari.
Kwaido who is a former state Accountant General, stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Birnin Kebbi. He explained that at present, Bagudu’s administration has paid N9.5billion as pension and gratuity arrears to 13,207 pensioners of the state ministries, local government and local government education authorities (LEAs).
According to him government is doing everything possible to settle all outstanding pension and gratuity arrears. “Since the coming of this administration in 2015 efforts have been made to offset the backlog of the money running into billions that was owed to pensioners in Kebbi State by the previous government,” he said.
He added that the state government on a monthly basis pays N452, 221, 498.34 to pensioners and that it keeps on rising every month as more workers retire and retirees die. “We pay local government retirees N3,401; local government education authority retirees N3,836; and N5,970 to state retirees as at August 2018”, he said.
Alhaji Kwaido stated that to offset the remaining pension and gratuity arrears being owed to the pensioners in the state, the state government has mandated his committee to embark on fresh verification of another batch of pensioners with a view to paying them their entitlements.
Also, the state Head of Service, Alhaji Abubakar Udu Idris, said the government was not unaware of the recent agitation by a cross section of aggrieved pensioners in the state over their unpaid entitlements despite the meeting they had with top government officials.
While soliciting for cooperation and understanding from the pensioners, he assured them of the state government’s commitment to offsetting the pensioners arrears.
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